DA secures Tshwane with Randall Williams elected mayor

The swearing in of councillors concluded earlier and was followed by the election of mayor and speaker.

FILE: City of Tshwane Mayor Randall Williams. Picture: @CityTshwane/Twitter

TSHWANE - The Democratic Alliance (DA)'s Randall Williams has been elected the new mayor of the City of Tshwane. He was uncontested.

The swearing in of councillors concluded earlier and was followed by the election of mayor and speaker.

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The DA is now in charge of half of the country's coveted metropolitan municipalities.

Although the DA abandoned its coalition talks with other political parties and declared it was willing to take up opposition seats instead, it has now emerged the biggest winner in the country's metros.

The DA has also bagged the metros of Joburg, Ekurhuleni and Cape Town.

In his address to the council, Williams reminded his colleagues that "no man is an island", as he implored them to work together to deliver services to residents.

Meanwhile, the ANC has for the first-time lost control of all three metros in Gauteng.

Its councillors in Tshwane opted not to participate in the election process except expressions of disagreement with the vote.

The DA also retained the speaker's position in Katlego Mathebe and the chief whip post.

Earlier, ActionSA leader Herman Mashaba said his party would support the DA and that the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) would follow this approach as witnessed in other metros in Gauteng on Monday.

While Mashaba emphasised that he and other opposition parties who were part of the collapsed multiparty coalition talks remain “deeply disappointed” with the DA, they will continue to support the party.